Vantage Issue 31


A quarterly magazine for buyers and enthusiasts of Aston Martin cars. Vantage celebrates 100 years of one of the coolest car brands on the planet from the early gentlmens racers through to the all-new Vanquish. If you've a passion for Aston Martin's you'll love Vantage magazine.

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another chapter begins

AND JUST LIKE THAT he was gone. Shortly after the last issue of Vantage went to press, Andy Palmer was unceremoniously replaced as Aston CEO by Mercedes-AMG’s Tobias Moers. Given that it was Palmer who, in his six years at the helm, led Aston Martin to its historic listing on the London Stock Exchange, it’s a bitter irony that it was plunging stock values that would ultimately lead to his departure. When a company’s shares drop from a £19 high at the point of flotation to just 35p in the space of 18 months, it’s inevitable that those at the top will ultimately carry the can. Still, the manner and timing was brutal, with Palmer clearing his desk just as the long-awaited DBX – bold and controversial cornerstone of his Second Century…

licensed to thrill

IT’S STRANGELY reassuring to think that, as I write, and as you read this story, 55 years after the last original DB5 left the production line, a team of extremely skilled craftspeople and engineers is once again building DB5s at Aston Martin Works in Newport Pagnell. Not any old DB5s either, but 25 replicas of Bond’s gadget-laden Goldfinger DB5; the Aston that began the marque’s enduring association with the world’s most famous secret agent. With each car taking some 4500 hours to complete, progress is necessarily painstaking. But since ‘Job 1’ was finished in July, several more customer cars are now in-build, with 20 cars expected to be completed by the end of the year. All will be finished in Silver Birch, and all will have the same, period-correct mechanical specification, with a…

bond special editions at the double

DESPITE THE RELEASE of the 25th Bond film, No Time To Die, being delayed until November due to the ongoing effects of the Covid pandemic, Aston Martin has kept the British end up with a pair of new 007 Edition models to celebrate the landmark movie. The first of the two models is the Vantage 007 Edition, inspired by the original Aston Martin V8 that made its 007 debut in The Living Daylights in 1987. Limited to 100 units worldwide and available with a manual or automatic transmission, each comes finished in Cumberland Grey and featuring knowing exterior and interior nods to Timothy Dalton’s classic V8. It can even be delivered with a set of The Living Daylights-inspired limited-edition skis and ski rack – referencing the ‘winterised’ V8 saloon from the…

aml: the future starts here

WHEN LARGE COMPANIES change leader they often go for a radically different character to mark the new era. But a glance at the career highlights of Aston’s new boss, 54-year-old Tobias Moers, reveals several obvious similarities to the recently departed Dr Andy Palmer. Like his predecessor, Moers is a trained automotive engineer as well as an unarguable ‘car guy’, one who worked his way up the ranks and who has developed a reputation as a forceful but respected leader. As Palmer did, Moers is also leaving a secure role within a large corporation to lead a much smaller player. Moers joined AMG in 1994, when it was a Mercedes engine tuner and motorsport outfit. His responsibilities grew as AMG’s activities did, firstly through full acquisition by Daimler, then the creation of the…

changing face of vantage

IT’S PROBABLY FAIR to say that the current Vantage hasn’t been universally loved for its looks since its introduction two years ago, and much of the negative reaction has been directed at its grille. Even Aston Martin itself has appeared to acknowledge that the standard ‘Hunter’ grille isn’t to all tastes by launching an alternative ‘vane’ grille as an option across the range (see Bulletin, issue 29). And now an independent aftermarket bodykit company has revealed its own solution with a retro-look nose treatment that steers the current Vantage back towards its VH-era predecessor. The design, by UK-based Revenant Automotive, divides the intake area into two distinct openings, with a traditionalstyle grille above a separate lower inlet protected with hexagonal mesh and connected to a splitter by a pair of curved supports.…

unique zagato comes to market

WITH A PRODUCTION RUN limited to only 64 cars, any V12 Vantage Zagato is a rare beast. But the example that has appeared for sale in the UK this summer is something very special even by usual Zagato standards. One of just two pre-production cars – built to tour the world as show cars for prospective clients at exclusive events – it’s the only one that was bodied entirely in aluminium rather than the carbonfibre/aluminium combo of every other example. Owned by Aston Martin itself up until 2016, the right-hand-drive Vantage had been due to go to Zagato to form part of the design house’s own collection. However, a keen Aston Martin collector – and the car’s only owner – persuaded the company to let him purchase it. Before it was delivered to…